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ARZA Leadership Trip | Mission to Israel 2014

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  • As per itinerary



Tour Includes


  • 6 nights' accommodation (including breakfast) + late check using selected hotels
  • 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour guide
  • 1 group transfer and assistance at the airport on departure
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 6 dinners
  • Mineral water on the bus
  • Portage at the airport and hotels


Day One: Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Individual arrivals at Ben Gurion International Airport. (Transfers and assistance may be purchased at an additional rate.)
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 6:00 p.m. Welcome dinner at the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Israel in the Mid-East Arena: Dialogue with Col. (Ret.) Miri Eisin, former advisor to the Prime Minister on foreign media.

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv

Day Three: Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00: Creating Common Cause: Dialogue with Eilon Schwartz, the  founding Director of Shaharit. Shaharit is a home for thought and action, for people of theory and people of practice from a spectrum of groups and communities.
  • Creating Reality: The Visionaries and Builders: Visit the Trumpeldor Cemetery for a glimpse into the lives of some of the dreamers and builders of Tel Aviv, including writer Hayim Nahman Bialik, Mayor Meir Dizengoff, and Zionist thinker, Ahad Ha'Am.
  • 11:00 a.m. Building the Reform Community in Tel Aviv: Dialogue with Rabbi Meir Azari of the Beit Daniel Synagogue in Tel Aviv at Mishkenot Ruth in Jaffa, including meeting  with participants from the MASA Tikkun Olam Program.
  • 12:00 p.m. Text study and pizza lunch with members of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism's (IMPJ) pre-army academy (mechina).
  • 2:30 p.m. Spend some time with fashion maven, Galit Reismann. She will take the group to various Tel Aviv neighborhoods and talk about life and fashion in the city where you will meet designers and have access to new collections.
  • Meet the People: Dinner with young Israelis who are making a change at Liliyot, which offers an attractive menu mixing Mediterranean and Californian cuisine, with young Israelis who are making an impact on Israeli society. Liliyot works together with the Elem Association, employing youth with difficulties and donating part of their profits to the association. 

Overnight: Carlton, Tel Aviv

Day Four: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Early breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. Check out and head south.
  • Living on the Edge: Visit Kibbutz Kfar Aza, located on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, for an insight into the security complexities of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza while trying to create a thriving home, including dialogues with Chen Abrahams a local resident  and the Director of Development and Overseas Relations of the IMPJ.
  • Meet with a local congregant from the Reform community of Sha'ar Hanegev.
  • Visit the Sha'ar Hanegev high school
  • Visit Sderot, a border city that has been under the constant barrage of rocket attacks since 2001, including:
  • Communal lunch on own account.
  • Meet Alon Schuster, the Mayor of the Sha'ar HaNegev regional council.
  • Drive to Kibbutz Lotan and check into the guesthouse.
  • Dinner at Lotan with kibbutz members.

Overnight: Kibbutz Lotan, Arava

Day Five: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast at the guesthouse.
  • Check-out.
  • Explore creative Jewish approaches to community life and the environment at Kibbutz Lotan.
  • 10:00 a.m. Visit the IMPJ's Beit Midrash Bederech at  Kibbutz Yahel, a unique community in the Arava Valley.
  • Drive through the massive natural Ramon Crater.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • 3:00 p.m. Societal Innovation: Visit the student village (Ayalim) in the city of Be'er Sheva. Meet student leaders who have taken upon themselves to live within the heart of this socio-economically challenged city, dedicated to improving the life of its residents.
  • Drive to Jerusalem
  • Upon entering Jerusalem, stop to recite the traditional “shehechiyanu” blessing.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

Day Six: Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. The challenges of peace: Dialogue with Alick Isaacs from Siach Shalom about the peace process. 
  • Freedom of Religion in Israel: Dialogue with Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Pending information


  • VIP tour of the City of David, the very core of ancient Jerusalem.
    Walk through the recently opened Second Temple-period tunnel under the walls of the Old City, emerging in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.


  • Mapping the Journey: Engage a dynamic workshop with Kol Ha'Ot through the magical power of the arts and the special atmosphere of the location, grapple with Jewish texts in a transformative, interactive program that will leave you with a long lasting memoir.
  • A multi-cultural tasting journey through the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem's Machaneh Yehudah open-air market: Enjoy the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of this vibrant area, where Jewish Jerusalem shops.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • 4:00 p.m. Meet with official from the ministry of foreign affairs. Pending confirmation
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner at the hotel with Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and with Israeli rabbinic students, studying for a year at HUC in Jerusalem. 

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

Day Seven: Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Join Encounter for a day in Ramallah. Founded by American rabbis and rooted in Jewish tradi-tion, Encounter is a conflict transformation organization, equipping influential Jewish leaders from across the political and ideological spectra with access to Palestinian perspectives and claims on the ground.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat service  with Birkat Shalom at Kibbutz Gezer, led by Rabbi Miri Gold, followed by a communal dinner. 
  • Return to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Inbal, Jerusalem

Day Eight: Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure. Do you want to add services?
  • Private lunch at Beit Shmuel with Hebrew Union College Rabbinic Students.
  • The Secrets of Jerusalem: Walk along the streets of the Old City for a behind-the-scenes look at the various communities in Jerusalem including:
    • Some of the more fascinating synagogues in the Jewish Quarter such as, the Hurva Synagogue, Tiferet Israel Synagogue, and the Karaite Synagogue.
    • One Mountain, Three Religions: An interdenominational search at Mt. Zion - from the traditional burial site of King David to the room where the Last Supper was held to a mosque; all in one building.
    • A meeting with an Armenian ceramic artist and a visit to his workshop, followed by a short tour of the Armenian Quarter, the smallest of the four quarters, with the fewest number of residents.
    • Is it a Church or a Synagogue? A visit to Christ Church, the oldest Protestant Church in the Middle East, which looks exactly like a synagogue.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Late check-out.
  • 6:00 p.m. Challenges and Triumphs of Religious Pluralism and Social Justice in Israel: Dialogue and Havdallah with Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center.
  • 7:15 p.m. Farewell dinner at Olive & Fish, a meat and fish restaurant located across from the Liberty Bell Gardens.
  • Transfer to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Overnight: Flight

Day Nine: Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.



Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 25 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

Not Included


  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
  • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
    • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day

Additional Information


  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.


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